Transforming Departures

Last day in Edmonton; last coffee shop stop. Iconoclast Koffeehuis is every bit as pretentious as it sounds, but it’s the scrappy, warts-and-all pretention I mostly enjoy. It occupies a cavernous warehouse space that would fit three Second Cup locations, yet there are maybe 10 tables in all, and hardly any décor save for three…

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Transforming Bureaucracy

[Your blood pressure just went up.] The public perception of consulates and embassies comes from Hollywood. In films of political intrigue, or docu-dramas depicting world-shaking events, these sites become flashpoints for action and conflict. Bombs go off, hostages are taken, and we hear the oft-repeated bit of magical thinking, that the Slobovian consulate is “on…

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Transforming Travel

“So kiss me and smile for me Tell me that you’ll wait for me Hold me like you’ll never let me go…” I’m front-loading all my missives this week, because 12 hours from now we’ll be in transit, and our first stop will likely be too busy to permit much posting. So far, my loyal…

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